Here’s a picture of a baby goat. A kid, if you will.
Here’s a picture of a human kid showing another kid a pen full of kids.
So many kids. It’s all really too adorable.
But that’s pretty much the extent of what I know about goats, honestly. I had a couple to practice goat tying on when I was in high school rodeo, but mostly they just ate, grew giant and ran free with the horses in our pastures, occasionally and annoyingly following us on a roundup or two.
Oh, and also, when I was little, I once babysat (kid sat?) my neighbor’s baby goat named Filipe. She brought it home with her from college over winter break and couldn’t take him with her on a family trip or something, so I got the job. Filipe was tiny and young, so I kept him in the house to bottle feed him. I also fashioned a diaper for him.
And he slept in a little box by my bed next to my Christmas tree.
It was a magical relationship.
Anyway, that’s about the extent of my goat experience, until a few weekends ago when our friends asked us to come and help them doctor their herd.
Brett was our high school friend who has been living in the Colorado area since college. He recently moved his adorable family back to the ranch where he grew up and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Brett is a cattleman and a good horseman. He and I competed in 4-H horse shows together and the one time I actually beat him was probably a fluke but also one of my proudest moments because, well, he was really good.
Anyway, while he was gone managing one of the country’s biggest feed lots, he got into the business of raising show goats that he sells to 4-H and FFA kids across the country.
And turns out he’s really good at that too.
Like a cattle man knows cattle, Brett knows his goats, their quirks, their needs, their feed regimen, the fact that llamas keep them company or the coyotes away or something I’m not sure because I can’t remember anything about this llama except her name is Creampuff…
and what babies belong to what mommas, which is a big deal because you know, goats can have triplets, so it gets complicated.
Anyway, we went out to help a few weekends back. Well, Husband helped. Edie and I, well, we observed.
And what she discovered was basically it pissed her off when she caught her her dad carrying any baby that wasn’t her.
And I learned that doctoring baby goats, tagging them and giving them shots to keep them healthy, is a little easier than doctoring calves–mostly because they’re lighter and more portable.
And while they might be smaller, they are definitely not quieter.
But they are adored and well taken care of, I’ll tell you that. Because Brett has a couple little helpers who seem to know about as much about the goats as he does.
Harlee is the official goat namer, petter, feeder and snuggler…
And Evan is the goat sorter and wrangler…
Brett’s wife is a nurse and a good sport about the goats, so I think it’s all a nice combination.
And we had a great day with them. It was fun to see this part of their life and learn a little something new about livestock. It’s also fun to know that the future of these goats will be to help teach youth, both in the country and within the city limits, how to take care of and take pride in an animal.
I like the thought of that.
As for Edie, despite her first impression, I can’t help but think with friends like these I can’t help but imagine a goat in our future…
Or maybe a Creampuff…
It might be inevitable.
Thanks Jacobson Show Goats for letting us help!
Peace, Love and Kids, Kids, Kids!